A Spring Street education is about building relationships that inspire effort and achieve mastery. In the Middle School, key goals are to instill a love of learning and good study habits. In High School, teachers work to prepare each student to meet the requirements of a rigorous curriculum, fostering critical thinking and complex reasoning crucial to thriving in college and life. SSIS teachers teach students, not classes; students, faculty, and families work together one-on-one and in small groups to achieve clearly defined goals, in the process instilling kindness and mutual respect.
Minimum Credits Required for Graduation
1 Students must complete at least 8 credits in Mathematics and Science.
In Middle School, the key goals are to promote a love of learning and good study habits. SSIS is very much a family, teachers and student know each other well, engendering respect, kindness, and understanding
While the setting and atmosphere is informal and comfortable, there is the expectation of attention and commitment to academics. Students, staff and faculty form strong bonds of support through their school years and beyond.
For graduation, students must earn the required number of credits in each area during their high school years. In some cases, these required classes may be taken during the 8th grade year. In rare cases, a 7th grade student may take the Algebra I class for HS credit. One credit is equivalent to a year-long class.
The grade point average is calculated on a standard 4.0 scale. A cumulative GPA is calculated every semester. Most students take the SAT and the PSAT in their junior year. Some seniors also take the ACT and/or the SAT II.
Spring Street International School's academic program offers a balanced and integrated college-preparatory curriculum with an individually adaptive approach. Written and grammatical skills are fundamental, and continue to be developed at all grade levels. Humanities and art are integrated into other studies, emphasizing the relationship between the arts and the cultures that produce them. Math classes emphasize computational skills as well as theoretical constructs and problem-solving applications. Sciences, both laboratory and field, focus on discovery, analysis and synthesis. The school's faculty is continuously reviewing its course of study and graduation requirements to ensure that we offer a premier college preparatory program.
Academic Progress Reporting
SSIS uses grades, narrative evaluations, and direct teacher to parent/student communication to describe a student's academic progress. Narratives are published twice each semester, with parent/teacher conferences scheduled at midterm. Grades in progress are issued at midterm, with final grades issued at the end of each semester. Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact advisors at any time to discuss their child's progress.
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of the year who serves as mentor, advocate, and main school contact for families. Advisee groups usually number 8-12 students, and as such, advisors often are the best first contact when families have questions or concerns. Advisees can expect to both meet individually with their advisors frequently throughout the year, and also as an advisee group.
• As a mentor, the advisor monitors and addresses issues related to students' academic lives, assisting them with course and activities selection, effective time management and study habits.
• As a facilitator, the advisor communicates students' progress with parents and faculty, and works with the Head of School, parents, and faculty to develop strategies for student success.
• As an advocate, the advisor supports students in the form of advice, encouragement, affirmation and trust. The advisor actively engages students in meaningful interactions.
Annual Activities and School Trips
SSIS is committed to exposing its students to a wide variety of learning experiences, including those that can only take place outside the classroom. Day trips, both on and off-island, and longer trips, both within the United States and overseas (Latin America and Asia), are an important part of a student's overall educational program and support our goal of having our graduates be true global citizens.
School trips begin during the first month of school, with a 5-day backpacking trip in the Cascades for all 5th-12th graders. Trips become longer and present more challenges and learning opportunities as the students advance through the grade levels. International travel experiences begin at the high school level and take place during the fourth quarter of the school year, after the last AP exam. These international experiences are much more than "school trips" and include strong components of service activities as well as direct connections to the school curriculum. Students must earn the privilege to apply to participate in the international travel program through a record of excellent Expedition Behavior (EB), good citizenship, scholarship and service to the school and community.
Students may also take advantage of the opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities available at the public schools. Such activities usually include team sports, drama and music.
Graduating Classes of 2009 — 2018
* College attended
(intl): International student acceptance
Full scholarships: MIT, USF, Weslyan, USC, Middlebury, NYU, Goucher, Swarthmore